Cypriot consumers still underestimate the problem of food waste, believe they waste less and have a reduced perception of the environmental costs they cause, according to the new FOOTPRINT online survey.
The 10th online food waste survey was conducted as part of the LIFE – FOODPRINT project “Awareness – raising campaign to prevent and manage food waste between customers, the food and hospitality industries” and aimed to analyse the public’s views on food waste reduction habits and understanding of the food waste problem. The survey was carried out online through Dias Group websites (Sigmalive, Sportime.com.cy, I love style, City.com.cy, Check In, Economy today, MyCyprusTravel.com) during the period 30/09/2022 – 03/10/2022. The sample ranged from 1159 to 1764 people depending on the question. Since the survey is conducted online, a percentage of the participants may not be Cyprus residents and the sample of participants is random in every survey conducted. The 10th survey included 3 questions, of which the first 2 were repeated in a previous online survey in January 2021, while question 3 is new. The purpose of repeating questions is to measure potential changes in public opinion over time. The questions investigate the extent to which consumers associate the reduction of food waste with the protection of the environment and whether there is an understanding of the real size of the problem of food waste. Below is the analysis of the 3 questions and their responses. Table and Figure 1 present the results of the first question, compared to the corresponding results of the January 2021 survey.